OTTUMWA — With winter storm conditions in the forecast, Ottumwa residents are being reminded about how snow removal affects parking in the community. When the City's Snow Emergency Ordinance is declared in effect, vehicles parked out of compliance with the ordinance are subject to being towed and impounded, and a citation will be issued and fee charged for towing and impoundment.
The Snow Emergency Ordinance designates a number of streets as snow emergency routes. If a snow emergency is declared by the City, no parking is allowed on either side of the snow route streets until the emergency is lifted. This allows plow crews to remove snow "curb to curb" on the snow routes. The snow route streets are marked with square blue signs showing a white snowflake and the words "Snow Route."
Parking on non-snow emergency routes, where vehicles are allowed to park on both sides or just one side of the street, the parking policy will be as follows: on the even numbered days of the month, parking will be allowed on the even numbered side of the street, on the odd numbered days of the month, parking will be allowed on the odd numbered side of the street. Drivers can begin moving their cars to the opposite side of the street at 7 p.m. to comply with the side designated for the next day.
Snow Emergencies are officially announced through the local media, the City of Ottumwa website at www.cityofottumwa.com , on the "City of Ottumwa, Iowa" Facebook page and on GOTV Cable Channel 6. The declaration will be announced between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. and becomes effective two hours after the announcement.